THINKING ABOUT MOVING ACROSS THE TASMAN?
Shipping From New Zealand To Australia Has Never Been Easier!
Willship Pioneered The Trans-Tasman Shipping Route For Personal Cargo
Willship established the first Trans-Tasman route for personal cargo back in 2014, ever since then we have helped tens of thousands of people move across the ditch. We have offices in both Australia and New Zealand with a highly experienced team specializing in much more than just the shipping process.
We are here to answer any questions you might have on import approvals, insurance, compliance, registration, transit times, COVID-19 restrictions, hotel quarantine requirements or anything else you can think of.
The vast majority of our clients are people doing this for the first time, and we understand that it could get confusing when navigating the complexity of an international move, but that’s what we are here for.
At Willship, our goal is to make this process as simple and easy to understand. Our shipping experts will be right by your side for the entire journey to ensure things go to plan.
What Routes Are Available?
The main departure ports in New Zealand are: Auckland, Wellington, Nelson, and Lyttelton (Christchurch)
The main arrival ports in Australia are: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle (Perth)
Willship has a substantial road and rail freight network across New Zealand and Australia. So even If you’re origin or destination is quite distance from these major ports, don't you worry...we will simply use a combination of road or rail to move your cargo to the most economical port for collection or delivery. This means we can collect and deliver from literally anywhere in either country!
What Am I Able To Ship?
Willship primarily specialized in the movement of Automotive cargo, this means we generally ship:
But that’s not it! We can also move:
Options To Ship Your Vehicle
Almost anything with wheels that’s imported into Australia requires an import approval, its important that you check to ensure that your vehicle, motorcycle, caravan, camper trailer, motorhome etc is eligible for an approval prior to shipping. Vehicle’s and motorcycles are the most complicated, so please read through the below information to check to see if you think you’ll be eligible for an import approval. If you have any questions, or you’d like to speak with us on the phone then please give us a call and one of our friendly team can talk through it with you.
First Step: Obtaining An Import Approval
To protect our Australian car market our government has set up a complex set of rules and regulations to heavily restrict the import of vehicles and similar cargo into Australia. To try and understand the laws in full would take pages and pages of information so we will do our best to summarise the basics below.
Your first step when importing is to gain an import approval, these are issued through the Department of Infrastructure – the type of import approval depends on the circumstances surrounding the import. For the purpose of this article we will focus solely on vehicles intended to be registered for use on Australian roads.
If you don’t intend to register the vehicle on Australian roads then you are welcome to import pretty much anything you like – Race cars, monster trucks, dirt bikes, dune buggies etc will be all OK to import under the Non-Road Vehicles Option.
My vehicle is older than 25 years old
My vehicle was manufactured in the last 25 years
My vehicle has been owned and used by an individual for in excess of 12 months in a foreign country.
My vehicle was originally exported out of Australia and is now returning
What Australian Import Taxes Apply?
Please select each of the following options that apply.
My vehicle is a returning vehicle to Australia
The vehicle is less than 25 years old
The vehicle is older than 25 years old
The vehicle is worth more than AUD 68,740.00 (The 2021 luxury car tax (LCT) threshold)
What Additional Restrictions May Apply For Vehicles Being Imported Into Australia?
You must ensure the vehicle you are looking to import is free of any components that contain asbestos. You now need to check to ensure that no part of the vehicle contains asbestos (brakes/clutch plates/gaskets etc) and you will need to sign a declaration confirming this. If you find that any part of the vehicle contains a part which contains asbestos, this needs to be removed and changed prior to shipping.
Degassing the Air Conditioning
The Australian government restricts the import of pre charged gas. This means that, depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle, the air conditioning may need to be degassed prior to export from the foreign country.
Get More Information
The Australian Government provides an excellent 8 step guide for what you need to do in order to import a vehicle.
How Do I Handle Compliance And Registration?
Willship can assist you with all necessary safety and compliance checks in order for the vehicle to be registered in the Australia. We can even organize the registration for you so all you have to do is drive away.
Leave It All To Willship
Supporting you to get all key documents together
Organising pick up and International Freight from anywhere in the world
Clearing your car through Australian customs and quarantine
On road compliance and registration (Optional)
IMPORT INTO AUSTRALIA
We have shipped thousands of vehicles in and out of New Zealand so we understand the importance of looking after your baby. We’ll always take the utmost care and consideration when moving your goods from one place to another. Whether you are purchasing a luxury or classic car from overseas or you're moving to New Zealand and want to take your cargo with you, you can trust us with your shipping needs. Willship is your international shipping partner that you can depend on and our past clients can attest to our proven track record!
Great company to deal with. Emails are responded quickly and I am kept on to date. No hidden charges.
Big ups to the team @willship
very professional company. I felt comfortable and supported throughout the process especially efficient during this difficult time. communication was excellent. Well done. I will certainly recommend you to others. Thank you.
The staff in both Brisbane and Wellington were amazing. They made the process so much less stressful than I had anticipated. The team in Wellington kept me updated several times a day on what was happening with my car.
I would highly recommend Willship to anyone needing to ship their vehicle overseas.
I have to say that Carol & I are extremely happy with the service provided, both in Australia and New Zealand in these difficult times, instant responses to emails and questions and we would have no hesitation in recommending Willship International to future customers
Thanks to the team at Willship for making the movement of my 2 cars from Aus to NZ so smooth and effortless, awesome people to deal with, highly recommend them
We used Willship International to bring our truck to NZ from Brisbane. From organizing our quote, insurances to dropping the truck into Brisbane and getting it to our doorstep in NZ was AMAZING!!!
Communication from The Brisbane Crew to the Great Team in NZ made the whole process so easy and stress-free. Definitely recommend these guys to anyone wanting to move vehicles over the water.
Five-star service guys and girls. ☆☆☆☆☆ Very grateful.
OUR TRACK RECORD
Over $1.4 Billion worth of cargo is trusted to Willship to be shipped every year
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Extremely safe and proven process
Deep relationships with our trusted network of staff and contractors ensures that your goods arrive safely
Priority service every time
Award Winning Industry Leader
Best International Automotive Cargo Logistics Enterprise - 2021
Award for Innovation in End-to-End Freight Transport - 2021
Freight Forwarder of the Year Award - 2018
Young Achievement Award 2018 (Nick Proctor)
Young Achievement Award 2018 (Mel Mather)
Freight Forwarder of the Year Award - 2017
Young Maritime Professional of the Year 2016